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GEOL 2650K

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at
Credit Hours 4
Course Title Earth And Space Science For Middle School Teachers
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from all Learning Support and ESL requirements and EDUC 2110, or students with degrees
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course covers basic principles from the fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology including map interpretation, minerals and rocks, processes acting at the Earth’s surface and within the Earth, plate tectonics, geologic time and dating, composition and motions of the Earth, solar system, phases of the moon, origin and life cycles of stars, galaxies, water movements, ocean floor, weather and climate. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material. This course does not meet program of study requirements for the associate’s degree in teacher education.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
1.  Describe the composition, motion, and
other characteristics of water on the
Earth's surface and in the earth's
2.  Describe the factors that affect earth's
weather and climatic patterns.
3.  Explain the existence of matter using the
atomic theory.
4.  Describe the Earth's composition and basic
5.  Discuss theories that explain how the
Earth's surface has changed over time.
6.  Explain how scientists approximate the age
of the Earth, rocks, life forms, etc.
7.  Explain the organization and relationship
of celestial bodies in our Solar System.
8.  Explain the origin and features of stars.
9.  Explain scientific theories regarding the
origin of the universe.
10.  Describe the impact of the space program
on our lives.

General Education Outcomes
I.  This course addresses the general education
outcome relating to communications as follows:
1.  Students develop their reading  
comprehension skills by reading the web
pages, textbook, and other course
2.  Students develop their writing skills
through a variety of homework
assignments, tests, and quizzes.
3.  Students develop their communication  
skills through class discussions, and by
asking questions in class, as well as
interactions with their peers in and out
of class.  In the online environment,
students develop their communication
skills through bulletin board discussions
with the instructor and with their peers,
and by asking questions using e-mail and
the bulletin board.
II.  This course addresses the general education
outcomes of recognition and application of
scientific inquiry as follows:
1. Students must apply principles of
geology, astronomy, oceanography and
meteorology to explain various observed
natural phenomena that occur on the
earth's surface, in the interior of the
earth, and in the skies.
2. Students will develop their observation
skills to be able to recognize various
geological features, earth materials,
cloud types, features on weather maps,
phases of the moon, as well as various
stars, planets, and galaxies.
3. Students will develop the skills of
inquiry by use of the scientific method
to experience, evaluate, and synthesize
data as applied to various earth and
space science problems.
III.  This course addresses the general education
outcomes of developing effective
individual, and at times, group problem-
solving and critical thinking skills as
applied to earth and space science.
Students will develop their ability to
problem-solve and critically think by
applying their acquired knowledge of earth
and space science to various scientific
problems, and by developing activities to
use with middle school students.

Course Content
I.  Introduction to Earth Science
A.  Metric System
B.  Basics of Chemistry
1. Atomic theory
2. Periodic table of elements
3. Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures
4. Solutions and suspensions
II.  Introduction to Geology
A. Topographic maps
B. Earth's composition and basic processes
C. Identification of minerals
D. Identification of rocks
E. Rock Cycle
F. Earth’s surface features
G. Landforms
H. Constructive and destructive forces
acting on Earth's surface
1. Types and formation of soil
2. Hydrologic cycle, Running Water, Erosion
3. Groundwater
I.    Earth’s Internal Processes
1. Volcanoes
2. Crustal Deformation (folds and faults)
3. Earthquakes
4. Interior of the Earth
5. Plate tectonics
6. Plate boundaries and geological activity
7. Mountain Building
J.  Geology of Georgia
K.  Fossils and geologic time
1. Age of the Earth
2. Relative Dating, Uniformitarianism, and
3. Radiometric Dating
4. Geologic Time Scale
5. Fossils and evolution
III.  Introduction to Oceanography
A. Salinity
B. Buoyancy
C. Tides, waves, currents, sea level changes
D. Temperature zones in lakes and oceans
E. Ocean floor
IV.  Introduction to Meteorology
A. The atmosphere
B. Layers of the Earth's atmosphere
C. Ozone layer
D. Cloud types and weather associated with
E. Air masses and front formation
F. Relative humidity and weather
G. Earth's weather and climate patterns
H. Coriolis effect
I. Weather maps and weather forcasting
J. Weather instruments
K. Air currents and jet streams
L. Climate, greenhouse effect, acid rain
V.      Introduction to Astronomy
A. Features, characteristics, and celestial
bodies in our solar system
B. Earth's movements and seasons of the year
C. Phases of the moon
D. Eclipses
E. Tides
F. Origin and features of stars
G. Spectroscopes
H. Life cycle of stars
I. Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams
J. Types of galaxies
K. Theories regarding the origin of the
universe and solar system
L. Impact of space programs
M. History of space programs
N. Space technologies used in everyday life

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1.  Exams, quizzes, homework, and assignments will be used to determine the final course grade.
2.  The exams will contain objective questions that will assess the educational outcomes objectives for this course.  Each instructor must include these questions within their exams.
This course will be assessed each time it is offered.  Common assessment questions will be included in the final exam.  The construction of the assessment questions will be the responsibility of the GPC faculty member overseeing this course.  
The results of the assessment and the assessment instrument will be reviewed each year the course is offered.  From this review, modifications of the course materials and assignments will be proposed and adopted if necessary, working within the content standards required for middle school teachers.

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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